Reported by Cassandra Darwin
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The Tulip Spray Dye Kit was exciting for me to try out for two reasons: I love to make homemade gifts and I love doing crafts with my daughter. I started this project by gathering a new white shirt in my daughter’s size, three bibs for a baby gift, and a big piece of flannel to make a blanket.
After reading the instructions, I learned that you need to use the dye in the spray bottles within 45 minutes after adding water. So I knew we didn’t have enough pieces to dye in order to use all the colors. My daughter (very predictably) picked purple and pink for this dying session. The powdered dye is already measured and in the spray bottles when you buy the kit. All you need to do is just remove the lid, add water, and shake!
It really is easy to get started – just put on the gloves and add water to the spray bottles. The instructions included have some tie dying and masking ideas.
I chose to do two different techniques. For the flannel to make a blanket, I got it wet and then scrunched it up on a piece of plastic to spray on the dye. At this point the purple spray bottle had been giving me trouble. It was leaking from the top when I sprayed, and dripped in the pink sections.
I should have also noticed that my gloves had holes in them as well, but I didn’t see that until later. For the shirt and bibs, I used the rubber bands included in the dye kit and did some traditional tie dye. And I love the results for those ones! One problem….I still had more than half of the dye left for both pink and purple. I hate to waste, and since I couldn’t save the dye for later I soaked one of my white shirts in the purple dye.
Here you can see the final results for my projects, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how great they look. Is it right to say tie dye looks “professional”?
After using the spray dye, you have to let it sit for 6-8 hours before washing (in your washing machine) with hot water and drying immediately. The piece of flannel was actually almost 75% white when I put it in the washer, but I think it absorbed all of the purple dye from my shirt. So now it has a two-tone light and dark effect that was a surprise. The other surprise was realizing half way through the dying process that my gloves were leaking, and still having purple fingers 3 days later.
If you like to keep things neat and tidy (like I do) then some pre-planning is required for this project – like setting up near a sink, having lots of paper towels on hand, putting down a plastic tablecloth, etc. I will need to scrub our stainless steel sink to get rid of a few pink spots, but other than that, the dye stayed where it was supposed to.
After an afternoon of dying clothing and making a few gifts I think I am hooked on tie dying! My biggest complaint about the kit is that you have to use the dye all at once. I would have rather had smaller quantities of lots of colors to use at one time (like the rainbow projects shown in the instructions). But even just using the two colors was lots of fun and produced some great results. I would absolutely buy this kit for a birthday party or Scout troop that wanted a big batch of shirts dyed all at once – it would be a great group activity.
- Kit has everything you need to dye lots of pieces
- Really easy instructions
- The dye colors are vibrant and true to the bottle colors
- Dye has to be used within 45 minutes, so be prepared to dye a lot of fabric fast or just plan to dump out a large portion at the end
- One spray bottle leaked at the top making it hard to keep the colors separated
- Gloves in the kit had holes, so I would highly recommend having your own (at least as a back-up)
The Tulip Spray Dye Kit retails for $29.99 and is available on Amazon.com or at your local craft stores.
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